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Sustainable and inclusive communities creating their own social, economic and environmental futures.

Community Social Planning Council

Research | Insights | Solutions

Executive Director

Come and be part of a leading research organization in BC’s Capital Region!
The Community Social Planning Council is an independent, non-partisan, and knowledgeable voice on social issues in BC’s capital region. Through its work, the Council contributes to strengthening local research and evaluation capacity, and to building community-based research infrastructure. By supporting evidence-based policy and program development, practicing inclusive community engagement processes, and promoting social planning practices, the Council supports the creation of sustainable communities.
The Board is seeking a visionary, energetic and collaborative individual who has a passion about enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of BC’s Capital Region to effectively lead this dynamic organization. This individual has demonstrated skills and abilities in strategic thinking, organizational management, social research theory and practice, communications, revenue generation, entrepreneurialism, and multi-sectoral collaboration. This person has knowledge and understanding of local and regional planning issues, voluntary sector governance and issues, and key government, business, academic, and community leaders in BC’s Capital Region.
Ideally the candidate will have a level of education, training and experience equivalent to a relevant Master's degree, including knowledge of social research methodologies and practice, or related discipline, and seven to ten years of increasingly responsible leadership roles.
This is a full-time position with a term of seven months and the opportunity for renewal at that time. We would also be willing to consider creative arrangements in which the right candidate would provide leadership to the organization on a part-time basis, while research responsibilities would be distributed to other positions.
The position is vacant until filled.
If you feel you are an ideal candidate for this exciting opportunity, please email your resume and letter of application detailing the knowledge, skills and abilities you would bring to this position to:
Kelly Sherwin
Finance Officer, Community Social Planning Council
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Community Council is an equal opportunity employer and strives for a fair, cooperative, respectful and safe environment which protects and promotes the human rights and affirms the dignity of all persons. Community Council is committed to the principle of equal access to employment and term specific contractual opportunities and welcomes submissions from diverse backgrounds.
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 4pm
Job Description: 

RESPONSIBLE TO: Community Social Planning Council Board of Directors




The Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for implementing the vision, mission, policies and strategic plans established by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization and will also lead and take on research and program projects as needed. The Executive Director shall have the following specific responsibilities.






  1. Monitor community research needs and potential funding sources
  2. Respond to Requests for Proposals and funding opportunities for community benefit research 
  3. Design of qualitative and quantitative research projects
  4. Develop, manage, and evaluate project planning and management to ensure research staff are effectively organized and utilized to provide quality performance and make improvements as necessary.
  5. Leads research projects from start to finish
  6. Management of research contracts and data sharing agreements
  7. Maintains knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods, emerging trends in community-based research approaches, different forms of evaluation, and community engagement techniques and approaches. 



  1. Monitors trends and emerging issues in the capital region related to CSPC’s mission and strategic priorities.
  2. Works with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  3. Identifies, assesses, and informs the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization, and provides regular reports to the board.
  4. Develops opportunities to generate revenue through partnerships, and collaborations.



  1. Creates a positive, safe, and healthy work climate that is appropriate to attract and retain high calibre personnel.
  2. Recruits, develops, and retains a strong team.
  3. Provides leadership and motivates staff, volunteers, consultants, and students toward the attainment of the Community Social Planning Council’s mission, values, and goals.
  4. Determines the staffing requirements to maintain a sound organizational structure that facilitates the accomplishment of Community Social Planning Council goals.
  5. Ensures that each employee has a clear definition of responsibilities and an ongoing performance development plan.
  6. Encourages professional development and skills upgrading of staff members.
  7. Oversees the effective administration of all personnel policies in order to promote favourable employee relations. Resolves matters of policy interpretation.
  8. Implements and oversees equity policies to ensure representation of designated groups amongst staff and volunteers.



  1. Enhances the Community Social Planning Council’s profile by actively liaising and engaging with key people in various community agencies, businesses, and all levels of government who have a direct or indirect interest or responsibility to enhance the quality of life in BC’s Capital Region.
  2. Oversees the development of communications strategies. Serves as a visible link between the Community Social Planning Council, the media, and the general public.
  3. Acts as or designates a spokesperson for the Community Council. Consults with the Board on media management of high profile or contentious issues.
  4. Liaises with professional colleagues and counterpart organizations at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. In doing so, keeps abreast of changes and developments in other jurisdictions.



  1. Establishes organizational structures and administrative systems appropriate for planning, building, implementing, and monitoring Community Social Planning Council activities.
  2. Prepares annual operational plans for Board approval and supports the creation of organizational policy.
  3. Ensures that potential risks to the organization have been identified, that there are policies or strategies in place to help minimize those risks and informs the board about potential risks and the measures in place to minimize them.
  4. Monitors activities and accomplishments ensuring timely follow-up; deadlines are met; detailed reports are prepared; critical analysis; financial information controls.
  5. Arranges contractual relationships with consultants, contractors, and other service providers.
  6. Drafts policies for Board approval and prepares procedures to implement the organizational policies; reviews existing policies on an annual basis and recommends changes to the Board as appropriate.



  1. Works with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive annual budget and administers the funds of the organization according to the approved budget, and monitors the monthly cash flow of the organization.
  2. Works with the Board and staff to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization and participates in fundraising activities as appropriate.
  3. Researches funding sources, oversees the development of fund raising plans, and writes funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization.
  4. Approves expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
  5. Ensures that sound bookkeeping, payroll and accounting procedures are followed and ensures that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payment
  6. Provides the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues, and expenditure of the organization.



The Executive Director works a standard work week of 35 hours per week as outlined in the human resource policy manual, however must be flexible to work non-standard hours (e.g. breakfast meetings, evening meetings, weekend events, etc.). These hours are to then be taken as time in lieu.




The Executive Director integrates and applies an understanding of:

  • Leadership: Brings vision, inspiration and strategic thinking that stimulates the best efforts in others, generates cooperation and commitment, and encourages full participation.
  • Research: Has considerable knowledge about social science research and evaluation methods, theory, and practices that lead to positive social change. Must also have experience working with data sharing agreements and managing large data sets; be familiar with the Tri-Council Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans protocols; and be able to ensure high quality research products are created.
  • Planning and Organizing: Determines strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  • Revenue Generation and Business Development: Generates social enterprise and business development opportunities and has effective grant writing experience.
  • Collaborative Community Building: Integrates these principles and best practices into all aspects of Community Social Planning Council business and internal and external operations.
  • Building Relationships: Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with others including community leaders, board, staff, volunteers, members, and partners to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Communications: Demonstrates experience in development and implementation of organizational and strategic communications strategies.
  • Financial Management: Demonstrates strong fiscal management and budgeting skills.
  • Fundraising: Applies current and effective fundraising strategies.
  • Teamwork: Understands and works toward the goals of the organization; supports the organization’s mission; shows spirit of cooperation with others in carrying out the work of the organization.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making: Can gather and analyze information, examines alternatives and recommendations; implement effective solutions; uses sound judgement in day-to-day decisions and unusual situations.
  • Implementation: Effectively integrates the implementation, management, and evaluation of the Community Social Planning Council’s programs and projects to ensure goals are achieved.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrates a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
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